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My fiancé loves this ham. Obscenely, verbosely, abidingly and deeply loves this ham. I think sometimes this recipe is the reason he is marrying me. And it is so easy! We make it at this festive holiday season but there is no reason you can’t make it and some good mac and cheese soufflé and have a mini holiday meal when the days are grey and dark and you think it is gonna be forever until it is spring.
Ah yes… now I remember why I went to law school in New Orleans!
Recipe just barely adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Feast
1 fully cooked ham (bone in or out is a personal choice between you and who ever is carving the ham)
1 2 liter of the cheapest most toxic red cherry soda you can find (trust me the grosser the soda the better the ham)
For the glaze
Cherry jam or preserves
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp red wine vinegar (though I have used apple cider or just good old white vinegar if I don’t have the red wine)
Place the ham in as snug a pot as you can find. Cut the onion in half and then fill the pot with the cherry soda. If the soda doesn’t cover the ham you can add water to make up the difference. Bring the pot to a boil and then down to a simmer and partially cover.
Keep the ham at a simmer for about 30 minutes per pound as it should be already cooked ham. You can follow this method for an uncooked ham but will need to be sure to increase the cooking time. About halfway through the cooking time you need carefully to flip the ham over so that both sides get cooked submerged in the soda.
When the ham is cooked remove it from the soda and disregard. Allow the ham to rest. Place all of the glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir until melted. I decide how much cherry jam based on the size of the ham; if it is under 8-9 pounds then I use half the jar, if it is over, the whole jar. Though really who ever complains because there is too much sweet and tangy delicious glaze?
Gently score the top of the ham and place it into a very well greased baking dish. Cover the top with the glaze and then bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes to allow the glaze to set and get burnished.
Slice the ham and enjoy.
Happy New Year Everyone!